The case appeared before the courts this week, and accused on the day was Agriculture company James Kelly and Sons. They appeared in court over health and safety failings which led to a little boy suffering injuries, resulting in an amputated leg, as reported by BBC news.
The company, Kelly & Sons, operate a poultry and beef farm near Kirkbean and were subsequently fined £10,000 for their failings over the incident. The accident occurred on the morning of 14 October 2015 after the boy had been allowed to ride on the Quad alongside an employee.
The incident occurred as the young boy, aged 8, fell off an Quad bike which was carrying a grass cutting machine behind it. They boy fell off the bike and subsequently his lower right leg on the cutting machine. He was rushed to hospital, where his leg was then amputated below the knee such was the seriousness of the injury suffered.
A HSE investigation soon followed, and found a number of failings by the local agriculture firm. The investigation found that training and safety practices was below par and they immediately served an improvement notice to the company.
The head of the HSE spoke of the need for safety when using such machines in future. He also reminded people that children under 13 years of age cannot be carried on such off terrain vehicles, and said this case highlights the dangers involved with these types of vehicles.
Note: This is a UK story, but we reported on it to highlight the need for quad safety.